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IMS3280: e-Commmerce/e-Business

Formal supervised assessment (50%).

The formal supervised assessment for this unit will be a two hours “closed book” examination scheduled in the formal examination period following the last week of semester. You are required to be available for the exam and for any necessary supplementary assessment procedures until the end of the assessment period. Alternative times for exams will not be approved without formal application through the Faculty Office on the appropriate form. Medical Practitioner certification of a significant illness, or equivalent evidence is required.

Last year's exam paper: IMS3280 S104 Exam paper

The assessment form can be downloaded below. Your tutor will use these forms as guidelines to mark your assignment/presentation
Critical essay assessment form
Presentation assessment form

 

Critical Essay (10%)

Choose from one of the following for your critical essay:

1. Creating a sustainable source of competitive advantage using e-commerce/e-business in the airline industry
2. Managing security issues of Internet Banking: Towards the future of the banking industry
3. Managing the supplier relationships: A key success to e-commerce/e-business in the manufacturing sector
4. Critical issues in managing e-CRM: Towards customer satisfaction and loyalty in the retail sector
5. Reengineering the Supply Chain in the automotive sector: Using e-business/e-commerce technology to enhance the Supply Chain Management  function

 

Assignment Specification:

- 3500 words max
- at least 10 references from reputable sources (lecture notes, snippets from webpages, popular magazines are not counted)
- SIMS coversheet (properly & correctly filled & signed)

Assessables:

- Demonstration of in-depth understanding of the topic via the written work
- Logical structure and logical development of arguments throughout the essay
- Ability to make references and inferences to emerging as well as contemporary issues
- Ability to follow the university standard in referencing an academic work
- Ability to compare and contrast differing views and perspectives, between theories and practice

 

Major Report (20%)

IMS3280/2704 Case Study selection:

  1. Case 5: To be or not to be on the shelf p253
  2. Case 13: Ducati motorcycles p371
  3. Case 16: Google.com p420
  4. Case 20: Business to business e-commerce p480
  5. Case 24: Ebay international p532
  6. Case 27: Paybox.net ( germany ) p570

 

Assignment Specification:

- 8000 words max
- at least 18 references from reputable sources (lecture notes, snippets from webpages, popular magazines are not counted)
- SIMS group coversheet (properly & correctly filled & signed by all team members)

Assessables:

- Demonstration of in-depth understanding of the case study via the written work
- Logical structure and logical development of arguments throughout the report
- Ability to make references and inferences to emerging as well as contemporary issues
- The appropriate use of at least two analytical tools to analyse the organisation/case study
- The logical development of the analysis throughout the report
- The quality of recommendations as a result of the analysis
- Ability to follow the university standard in referencing an academic work
- Ability to compare and contrast differing views and perspectives, between theories and practice

 

Presentation (10%)

Assignment Specification:

Based on the case study assigned for the group

Assessables:

- Demonstration of in-depth understanding of the case study via the presentation
- Logical structure and logical development of arguments throughout the presentation
- Ability to make references and inferences to emerging as well as contemporary issues
- The appropriate use of at least two analytical tools to analyse the organisation/case study
- The logical development of the analysis throughout the presentation
- The quality of recommendations as a result of the analysis
- Ability to compare and contrast differing views and perspectives, between theories and practice
- Group dynamics, ability to share responsibility in managing the presentation and the subsequent discussion
- Demonstrate the ability to respond appropriately to the questions
- Demonstrate the ability to lead and incite discussion

 

Participation (10%)

Assessables:

- Significant contribution during tutorial discussion throughout the semester

 

 

The assignments (50% of total) and a two-hours examination (50% of total) will be used to assess whether you have achieved the objectives of this unit. Minimum performance requirements are indicated in the first paragraph of Assessment Notes below.

Four assessable components (total assessment value 50%)

Component 1, Value: 10%, Due Week 6, Critical Essay.

Component 2, Value: 20%, Due Week 11, Research Report

Component 3, Value 10%, Due date to be agreed, Formal presentation (starting on week9) of the findings of the research on assigned topic to your tutorial group peers.

Component 4, Value 10%, Participation throughout the semester in the form of contribution during the tutorial.

The Critical Essay and the Research Report must be submitted during your allocated tutorial directly to your tutor. Late submissions, if accepted, will be penalised at the rate indicated in section 2.3 Extensions below. If you believe that your assignment will be delayed because of circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, you should apply for an extension before the due date. Proper documentation (i.e., genuine, authentic and believable) supporting your application will be required BEFORE any consideration of extension would be given. When an extension request is made near or on the due date, a significant amount of work on the assignments MUST have been completed and submitted together with the documentations needed.

The examination and assignment activities will test whether you have met the objectives indicated in this outline.

 

Note :

•  Assignments in this unit are no less important than those of other units. Your inability to manage your time or computing resources will not be accepted as a valid excuse. (Several assignments falling due at the same time is often unavoidable.)

•  Backup copies are required to be made of all assignments and are required to be retained for 12 months, in case of loss.

•  Hardware failures are not normally recognised as a valid reason for obtaining an extension or for submitting a late assignment.

 

 

 

 

WARNING !!!!

Any cases of plagiarism or cheating will be dealt with severely. Your tutor has been adviced to be vigilant for any indication and/or attempt of plagiarism or cheating